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21 Amazing Uses For Borax Around The House

Wondering just how many uses for borax there are? It turns out there are lots! In fact, here are over 20 uses for borax all around the home – from cleaning your bathroom and kitchen to unblocking drains and more.

I use borax in some of the natural cleaning products I make. I’ve also seen borax pop up in a few homemade household cleaning recipes. However, I hadn’t appreciated just how many uses for borax there are until I came across this really handy infographic.  It shows 21 uses for borax around the house!  21!  From unclogging drains and cleaning mattresses to inhibiting mould, it seems borax does it all!

Safety First When Using Borax

Borax in a jar surrounded by lemons with blue text box that reads over 20 uses for borax to naturally clean your home.

Although it’s non-toxic and a completely natural substance, borax can be a bit of an irritant to sensitive skin.  If you do suffer from sensitive skin, skin allergies, eczema, or anything like that then I would avoid using borax on anything that’s going to come into regular contact with your skin.  Just to be on the safe side!

21 Amazing Uses for Borax

Now we’ve got the safety chat out of the way, let’s get on to the many uses for borax!


Homemade Carpet Cleaner

To make homemade carpet cleaner, simply mix 2 cups of cornmeal (also known as polenta in the UK) with 1 cup of borax in a large jar. You can optionally add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to add a little scent.

Next, sprinkle the mixture over your carpeted area and leave for one hour. Then vacuum to enjoy a fresh, odour-free carpet.

Dishwasher Tablets

To make dishwasher tablets you will need 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of washing soda (also known as soda crystals), 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Mix the borax and washing soda into a large bowl, breaking up any chunks with a spoon or whisk. Mix the vinegar and lemon juice into the dry ingredients and pour it mixture into ice cube moulds. Let the mixture dry for one hour, or until solid. Next, pop out the tablets and let them dry for another 30 minutes on wax paper. Store in a sealed glass jar, and use one tablet per load.

I’ve tried this recipe and it didn’t work for me – mixing borax or soda crystals with vinegar is a big no-no – so personally, I’d give this a miss and buy plastic-free dishwasher tablets. Read my guide to cleaning with white vinegar to learn more about why you shouldn’t mix borax with vinegar.

Grout Cleaner

To clean your grout, in a bucket, mix 5 litres of hot water with 1/2 a cup of borax. Dip a scrubbing brush in the water and scrub your grout. When you are done, pour water over the grout to rinse, or leave the borax solution on to help prevent further mould and mildew. If you rinse the grout, use a towel to dry the area thoroughly.

Better Homemade Candles

For longer-lasting homemade candles, treat wicks by soaking them in a solution of salt and borax to help reduce smoke and ash.

Clean Hairbrushes & Combs Naturally With Borax

To clean hairbrushes and combs, mix 1/4 cup of borax and 1 tablespoon grease-cutting washing up liquid in a bowl of warm water. Swish the brushes and combs in water, let soak, and then rinse and dry.

Clean Mattresses With Borax

To clean your mattress, simply wet your mattress and rub in some borax with a damp cloth. Leave to dry, and then vacuum off the residue for a fresh clean mattress.

Clean Cookware

For another great use for borax, did you know you can clean cookware with it? Simply sprinkle some borax on pots and pans and rub with a dishcloth, before rinsing.

Deodorising Your Bins

Fill your bin with borax and hot water. Let soak and then rinse. Once dry, sprinkle a little borax in the bottom to absorb odour-causing moisture.

Garbage Disposal Cleaner

Clean and sanitise your garbage disposal unit by putting 3 tablespoons of borax down the drain. Leave this to sit for one hour, before flushing with warm water.

Sticky Stuff Remover

Mix borax and water in a 2-to-1 ratio. Then rub to get rid of adhesive residue, or see here for my top tips to remove labels from jars.

Use Borax to Kill Weeds

Sprinkle a little borax on weeds in concrete cracks. Avoid using it in your garden as it will kill your plants indiscriminately.

Clean Linens

To remove mildew and mustiness from linens you can use borax. Simply mix two cups of borax with 2 litres of water. Soak your linens for a few hours in the solution, before rinsing clean.

Use Borax to Deter Mice

Sprinkle borax on the floor and along the walls (provided you don’t have any children or pets). Apparently, mice don’t like borax on their feet so they are less likely to return.

Please note, you cannot use borax in the UK or EU for pest control – you can read on for why not. Therefore this is only an option if you live outside of the UK or EU.

Mould Inhibitor

To inhibit the growth of mould, you can mix borax and water to create a thick paste. Smear it on the mouldy area and let it sit until it is dry. Preferably overnight or longer. The next day sweep off the powder and rinse off any remaining residue.

Use Borax to Clean Outdoor Furniture

To clean your outdoor garden furniture naturally, mix one teaspoon of washing up liquid with one teaspoon of borax, and 1 litre of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray it onto outdoor furniture and then wipe down your furniture to clean effectively and naturally.

Control Pests With Borax

Again, if you are outside of the UK or EU then you can use borax to repel ants and other creatures. Simply mix borax and sugar in a 1:1 ratio, and then sprinkle to keep away ants, roaches, and waterbugs. Again, I’d avoid this if you have pets or small children.

Deodorise Your Fridge With Borax

To deodorise your fridge, mix 1 tablespoon of borax in 1 litre of warm water. Soak a soft cloth in the solution, before wringing out. Wipe down your fridge interior, before rinsing with cold water for a clean and odour-free fridge.

Remove Rust

Create a solution using 1 litre of warm water, 1 tablespoon of borax, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. You can then apply the solution to any rust spots. After 15 minutes, rinse the paste and scrub off the rust with a wire brush. You may wish to spot test an inconspicuous area first, before treating a wider area.

Shine China

To restore the shine on your best china, fill your sink with warm water and add half a cup of borax. Soak your china in it for a little while, before rinsing well and washing as normal.

Sink Cleaner

To remove stains from both stainless steel and porcelain sinks, create a paste of 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Using a sponge or cloth, rub the paste on the stain, before rinsing with warm water.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

To naturally clean your toilet bowl, pour one cup of borax into your toilet at night time. In the morning, clean with a toilet brush for a fresh clean finish.

Unclog Drains

To unclog drains, mix 1/2 a cup of borax with 2 cups of boiling water. Pour the solution down your sink, leaving it to sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, run the tap for a few minutes to flush the drain. Alternatively, you can try unblocking your drain with soda crystals.

Where to Buy Borax In The UK

If you’re in the UK/EU and you want to track some borax down, please note you can only buy “borax substitute”.

The reason being is that a few years ago the EU reclassified the ‘Borate’ group of chemicals that Borax belongs to as a dangerous substance.  Thankfully, borax substitute still has all the same cleaning and laundry uses that the original borax had, so you can use it as a straight swap.

Whilst borax substitute is also pretty much identical, composition-wise, to regular borax, do note that it cannot be used for pest control.  You’ll still need to store it securely away from children, preferably up high in a childproof cupboard, and properly labelled. This is because it’s not a substance you want young children getting their hands on.

And if you’re wondering where to buy borax substitute, the good news is it’s easily accessible. I’ve seen it for sale in cardboard boxes in pound shops (in the cleaning aisle) and hardware shops for the princely sum of £2 for a 500g box.  You can also shop for borax substitute easily online.

ps: if you are worried about using borax or borax substitute in your home, then I’ve researched a post on is borax safe to help answer any questions you may have on borax safety.

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

10 Best Natural Mascara Brands To Open Your Eyes To

Are you looking for natural mascara? Here are ten of the best brands available right now, including the organic and vegan-friendly formulations, and the zero-waste or refillable mascara brands.

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A few years ago, finding natural makeup was tricky, and the results weren’t always what you had hoped for. However, the makeup industry has come a long way. There are now lots of natural makeup brands out there, creating performance natural makeup at a range of price points.

This innovation has expanded to products such as mascara. Now finding plastic-free and zero-waste mascara, certified organic mascara, refillable mascara, and certified cruelty-free and vegan mascara are all much easier to find and more accessible. But where to start?

The Best Natural Mascara Brands

Image of zero-waste makeup with a blue text box that says the best natural mascara brands to know

To help you out, I’ve rounded up my ten favourite mascaras. Open your eyes to these natural mascara brands that tick many ethical boxes. Look out for plastic-free or refillable packaging, certified organic brands, vegan-friendly brands, and more.

Eve Perez Natural Waterproof Mascara

Eve Perez natural mascara* is the only natural waterproof mascara I have come across, and it does not lack in performance. This stuff lasts and lasts.

Formulated with organic avocado and mamey oils, this mascara nourishes and conditions lashes, whilst volumising with its intense black pigments. Fragrance-free, it’s also a great choice for sensitive eyes.

Eve Perez mascara is also vegan friendly and cruelty-free. And it’s free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, paraffin, synthetic fragrances, nanoparticles, SLS, and more.

Buy Eve Perez mascara from Naturisimo* for £25.20.

Green People Organic Mascara

Green People’s certified organic mascara* naturally volumises, conditions, and lengthens lashes in either brown or black shades.  Its natural formulation lasts all day and volumises without being heavy.

With 98% of its ingredients being of natural origin and sustainably sourced, it’s kind to your eyes as well as the planet. Vitamin E, sunflower oil & organic beeswax help provide moisture. Although do note that the inclusion of beeswax means this mascara is not vegan-friendly.

Buy Green People mascara directly from Green People* for £18.50.

Ilia Natural Mascara

ilia makeup

Ilia has a few mascaras in their collection, but my favourite is the Limitless Mascara*.

Containing ingredients of 99% natural origin, this cruelty-free and flake-free formula lifts, curls, lengthens, and adds just the right amount of volume. Made with organic shea butter and fortifying keratin, this helps to weightlessly boost and enhance lash condition. It’s also gentle enough for sensitive eyes and safe for contact lens wearers.

Do note that this natural mascara does contain beeswax, so it is not vegan-friendly.

Buy Ilia Limitless mascara from Content Beauty* for £27.00.

Kosas Mascara

Kosas Big Clean Mascara* is a great natural mascara that promotes length, volume, and curls to your lashes. It’s specially formulated with castor oil to naturally moisturise lashes. Meanwhile, Provitamin B5 and Biotinyl Tripeptide-1 help repair and strengthen, whilst plant-based sugars provide long coverage without microplastics.

Whilst not waterproof, its long-wearing formula offers up to 12 hours of wear.

The formulation is paraben-free, sulfate-free, and phthalates-free. What’s more, it is certified cruelty-free. However, it does contain beeswax so is not vegan.

Buy Kosas Big Clean Mascara from Naturisimo* for £23.00.

Kjaer Weis Refillable Organic Mascara

Kjaer Weis has a few different natural mascaras, however, the one I would recommend is the certified organic and refillable Im-Possible Mascara*. Made in Italy, it is certified organic by Ecocert and is cruelty-free and gluten-free. Do note that it is not suitable for vegans though.

Made from natural ingredients, including organic beeswax, carnauba wax, acacia gum, sunflower seed oil, and raspberry fruit water, its creamy, no-clump texture gives great lift and volume. As such, it’s great for creating nighttime looks.

Meanwhile, it helps repair and condition lashes, helps stop breakage, and stimulates healthy lash growth.

In terms of packaging, the case of this refillable mascara is made from 50% recycled plastic and recyclable aluminium. Even the mascara brush bristles are made from recycled nylon. This specially designed brush, with two distinct sides, helps to build volume while defining and separating lashes.

Buy Kjaer Weiss Im-Possible mascara from Content Beauty* for £30.00. Refills* are available for £24.

Leo Luna Zero Waste Mascara

leo luna zero waste mascara

Leo Luna’s natural zero waste mascara* is made from activated charcoal, castor oil, shea butter, soy wax, and kaolin clay. The activated charcoal gives this natural mascara its black colour. Meanwhile, the castor oil helps promote natural lash growth and helps to improve the health of your lashes. 

Leo Luna’s mascara cake comes in a refillable and reusable aluminium tin, and with an optional bamboo spooly to help with the application. If you have an old mascara wand, then you can use that instead for true zero waste makeup.

Mascara cake has quite a bit of a learning curve associated with it, and there are a couple of extra steps you should take to ensure optimum results. For a start, you should wait at least ten minutes after applying any moisturiser to your skin before applying this mascara.

To help build up colour, you may also need to apply 3 to 4 layers. However, you should wait at least 5 minutes after applying each layer. This gives the mascara time to dry out in between layers. If you try to rush, the mascara may not set solidly and be prone to smearing.

Buy Leo Luna zero waste mascara* from Etsy for £15.50.

Lily Lolo Vegan Mascara

Lily Lolo is a British natural mineral makeup brand, that is dedicated to producing top-quality makeup that is free from harsh chemicals, parabens, perfumes, or dyes.

Great for sensitive skin and eyes, Lily Lolo’s vegan mascara* is fragrance, silicone, and alcohol-free. Just two coats of this mascara gives you full lashes without clumping or clogging. It’s also very gentle on your lashes. So if you have lashes that break easily then this could be a good natural mascara to try.

As well as being vegan-friendly, the brand is also certified cruelty-free by the BUAV Leaping Bunny accreditation.

Buy Lily Lolo mascara from Content Beauty* for £13.50.

Odylique Organic Mascara

Odylique organic mascara

Odylique’s organic mascara* was the first mascara to be certified organic by the Soil Association’s COSMOS accreditation. Containing 88% organic ingredients, including certified organic aloe vera juice, shea butter, calendula, sea buckthorn fruit and pure mineral colour, this 100% natural mascara is extremely kind to eyes and conditioning to lashes.

Odylique’s mascara doesn’t compromise on performance. It offers a smooth and fast-drying application, and long-lasting definition to your lashes without flaking or clumping. And it is available in both black and brown shades, for those that find black a little too harsh for their complexion.

Reassuringly, Odylique doesn’t use synthetic polymers, solvents, or silicones in its formulations. Their mascara does contain beeswax though, so is not vegan-friendly.

Buy Odylique mascara from Big Green Smile* for £17.50.

RMS Beauty Natural Mascara

RMS Beauty’s natural mascara* is free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, talc, as well as nano and synthetic fragrances.

Despite being free from ingredients found in many conventional brands of mascara, RMS mascara doesn’t compromise on performance. Its natural formulation not only creates the look of thicker, longer lashes but also nourishes and strengthens each hair too. It’s also designed to resist clumping, flaking, and smudging, so you won’t have any dreaded panda eyes.

Whilst many RMS products are packaged in recyclable glass or metal, it seems it is too tricky to offer that option for mascara. Instead, it comes in plastic packaging that has been made using at least 80% recycled materials.

Buy RMS mascara from Naturisimo* from £13.00.

Zao Refillable Mascara

Zao refillable mascara in bamboo tube

Zao’s refillable mascara* comes in a stylish bamboo tube that will look great on your dressing table or on your bathroom shelf.

You keep the bamboo case for life, and the clever refills slot right inside the case. Unlike some brands, Zao has really thought through its refill concept. As such, all of Zao’s mascara, regardless of type or colour, comes in a standard size. This means you can switch your mascara colour or type, without having to buy a new case each time.

Do note that the refills are made of plastic, so this isn’t an entirely plastic-free or zero-waste way of buying mascara or makeup. However, it does reduce the plastic waste associated with makeup.

In terms of ingredients, Zao’s mascara is vegan-friendly – using carnauba wax instead of beeswax. It’s also rich in aloe vera, and shea butter, giving it great moisturising and nourishing properties. It’s also gluten-free and cruelty-free.

Buy Zao’s refillable mascara* from &Keep for £20.75, where you can find it in three different shades.

If you are looking for more makeup inspiration, then try my post on the best zero-waste and plastic-free makeup.